Gay Arab-Americans, facing unique judgments and pressures, find a room of their own in NYC

  • by: SALIM ESSAID , Associated Press
  • Updated: May 7, 2014 - 10:15 AM

NEW YORK — With a loud hiccup and a hand over her mouth in coy embarrassment, Madame Tayoush mimics Lebanese diva Sabah in her performance of the sultry classic "Atshana" — or "I'm Thirsty" — as Arab-Americans hoot and cheer. The burst of a trumpet vibrato sends her into a dramatic swoon, basking under applause and the warmth of stage lights.

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